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These Trains Will Take You From Rome to Florence at 190 Miles Per Hour

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by Morgane Croissant Apr 27, 2023

While the proverb says that “all roads lead to Rome”, you’d get there faster if you used the rails. Paris to Rome by train, for example, is done in a flash, and so is the rail journey between Venice and the Eternal City. Now, if it’s Tuscany and its capital, Florence, that you want to go to from Rome, that’s easily done, too. Italy’s rail system, and its passenger operator Trenitalia, rarely disappoint.

Is there a nonstop train from Rome to Florence?

There are nonstop trains between Rome and Florence every 20 minutes throughout the day, from around 5 AM to nearly midnight. You can choose between high-speed trains (called Frecciarossa and running at 190 mph), regional trains (Regionale Veloce), and Intercity trains. Frecciarossa gets there the fastest, however.

How long is the high-speed train from Rome to Florence?

The high-speed train usually connects Rome and Florence in 1.5 hours, but some journeys take about two hours. The length of the journey is displayed on Trenitalia‘s booking platform so you can select the train trip that works best for you.

Regional trains take 3.5 hours or more while Intercity trains take between three and 3.5 hours.

How much is the bullet train from Rome to Florence?

The high-speed train (Frecciarossa) between Rome and Florence starts at $16.50 (14.90 €), but the price varies according to the demand on your dates of travel and the class of service you choose. Booking well in advance is the best way to get the lowest price.

To learn more about the classes of service on Italian trains, including the high-speed trains, check out the “how much” section of this detailed Matador article.

What is the best train station from Rome to Florence?

Roma Termini train station

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Most Rome to Florence trains depart from Rome Termini station. A few depart from Rome Tiburtina. Rome Termini is the main train station in Rome and the most well connected to the public transportation network.

The Rome to Florence trains can arrive in three different train stations in Florence: Campo di Marte, Rifredi, or Santa Maria Novella. For visitors, the most convenient of the three is Santa Maria Novella train station as it is located in the historical center of the city.

Make sure you book a train journey departing and arriving from your preferred train station. Trenitalia’s booking system displays them upon booking to make things easier for you.

Is a day trip from Rome to Florence worth it?

If you ride the high-speed train (Frecciarossa), you can easily go from Rome to Florence and back within one day, but you would not be making the most of your time in Italy. Florence is full of great sights, including the Uffizi Gallery, The cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and more. Spend a minimum of two full days there to better enjoy the Tuscan capital and stay in an Airbnb close to all the iconic attractions.

Is it better to drive or take a train from Rome to Florence?

It is much easier to take the train than to drive between Rome and Florence. For one, driving in Italy, especially Rome, is not for the faint-hearted — it’ll be a stressful journey. Second, the drive takes over three hours while the high-speed train takes only 1.5 hours. Also, if you book early, the journey by high-speed train costs only $16.50, which is less than what you’d pay for gas.

How to get from Rome to Florence easily?

High-speed train from Rome to Florence arriving in Florence SMN train station

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Taking the high-speed train (Frecciarossa) from Rome Termini station to Florence’s Santa Maria Novella train station is the easiest and fastest way for tourists to travel from Rome to Florence.

How to get from Rome’s airport to Florence?

It’s very eary to get from Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport (also known as Fiumicino) to Florence. You need to take the 32-minute Leonardo Express train to Rome Termini station, and then take the train from there to Florence’s Santa Maria Novella train station. The Leonardo Express train is direct, runs every 30 minutes, and costs only $15.50 (14 €).

Are trains expensive in Italy?

In Italy, taking the train can be very cheap — much cheaper than driving or flying. It depends on what type of train you choose to ride (the high-speed Frecciarossa trains are usually a little pricier than the others), what class of service you opt for (Second Class, Business Class, etc.), and if you book your journey in advance.

Hotels near the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence

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Glance Hotel

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The Glance Hotel is a four-star property located only a five-minute walk to the train station, in the heart of Florence’s historical center. The interior of the hotel is contemporary but manages to reflect the city’s historic heritage, with each floor honoring one of Florence’s most famous Renaissance sculptures in its decor. The rooftop terrace fitted with an outdoor heated pool, and the large outdoor patio with a garden, create the most luxurious atmosphere.

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Hotel Albani Firenze

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The Hotel Albani Firenze is four-star property located just three minutes on foot from the train station and about half a mile away from the Duomo Cathedral. The decor is rich and elegant, with Carrara marble bathrooms, and traditional Florentine-style furnishings and textiles in the 101 rooms. There is a restaurant on site as well as a garden, lounge, and a gym.

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Hotel Cosimo De’ Medici

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Only a three-minute walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station, the Hotel Cosimo De’ Medici is a beautiful three-star hotel with only 26 rooms. Located inside a Renaissance palace the hotel is a beautiful mix of traditional and modern decor with contemporary amenities.

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